My poor neglected blog followers.  I am sorry for lack of posts! No plausable excuse for my lack of posts and lack of comments on other blogs.

Warning long catch up post!

Today I am popping in to share a jumper I finished a few weeks ago and has taken me months to complete! If the weather stays how it has been the last few days I might get to wear it before next winter 🙂

Excuse the silly pose I was acting up for Ms 13.

I have created a few cards including sympathy cards that unfortunately went out the door faster than I could take a pic of them.  The kiddos have mostly been using my stash cards and I have added a sentiment or die cut number appropriate for the recipient. Mr M has requested “21” on all sorts of cards including a baby card! I recently sent some of last years Christmas card makes to Aussie Farmers I saw a collection for on Facebook.

Recent requested 21st cards
another view

I have also been busy sewing.  Continuing on with my contributions to Days for Girls and also a few presents.  These were a recent 1st Birthday gift.

Pinafore Leggins Unicorn PJ’sSomething to cuddle

In early November I decided to start a new quilt for an upcoming December Birthday. None of the quilts in my stash were suitable! I’ll share pics of that when it is completed – it is a secret project.

I am not going to make promises about regular posts from now til post Christmas there is loads on the calender. Between now and mid January my 4 kiddos have a birthday + 2 of their partners – 6 birthdays in about 6 weeks including two 21st’s.  We had one last week too.  We will also be hosting Christmas lunch. Ms 18 is squeezing in a 2 week trip to USA.  I wish I could get her to do some crafty shopping for me 🙂  She is in the first group of Victoria University students ever to go to NASA.  And to top it off my boss would like me to work full time so I have declined the offer and am busy job hunting again. Just quietly I would be happy staying in my craft room.

Many of my regular readers may be familiar with my December/Christmas calender – we will survive the silly season.  I hope you don’t feel to exhausted reading some of the things on my calender for the next few weeks. It will be OK. I have learnt over the years it is OK to say no.

Until next time






An 18th Birthday card…


Today I am sharing a card I have made for an 18th Birthday.  The original request was for rainbows and unicorns – it just didn’t “feel” right so we came up with the card below.

I am linking to the following challenges

Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes here


30 Day colouring challenge here


Here is my card

18th birthday card (640x451)

I started by stamping my image from Jane’s Doodles Tearrific stamp set.  I created a mask and then stamped my image from Papersmooches Great Chemistry to look like he was holding his “hamburger”. I then coloured with various alcohol markers including my new copics.  Boy there is a difference in which markers you use.  When finished Mr M helped choose the sentiments which are from Papersmooches Mini Monograms and SU Number of Years.  I added to the mounts and card base.  To finish I winked his hair and his hamburger bun and gave his shoes and tie a touch from the red spica pen.  Now I look at him I meant to add some shading to the base to ground him.  He does have the tick from my critics and their mates so I will leave him as is.

So this guy is off to an 18th tonight with Miss E & Mr M.  Tomorrow Miss A has 2 parties one in the morning then a double (one party 2 birthday girls) late afternoon, after which I hope to get some more crafting in.

Hope you have some great plans for the weekend


Until next time



A new challenge and some news…

I have some very exciting news.

I was picked to be a DT member for February through to June at the Lollipop Ladies. I had to double check the email! I was rather excited.  I am thrilled to be picked.

Please stop by their blog and take a peek of the current challenge.

With the additional challenge of  Glass


I repeatedly stamped Papersmooches Great Chemistry (glass) beakers. I then coloured the beakers and fumes with SU markers (Perfect Plum, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Gumball Green) and added the liquid drops in the same colours. I layered this with some black cardstock. Adhered the whole piece to my card front and stamped the sentiment from Papersmooches Smarty Pants in Versafine Onyx Black. To finish off I used Glossy accents on the coloured sections.

The challenge sponsor is

Thanks for taking a peek.



Another Birthday!

Miss 16 turned 17 on Friday!

Happy Birthday!

I made this card for her – she really likes science! Next year in year 12 she is doing Chemistry, Biology, 2 maths – she dropped Physics at the end of this year.


I paper pierced and made my own background paper.

She liked it.

Hope you have had a great weekend. Schools started to finish – 3 eldest are now home for the holidays until February.